undergrad reading project

Welcome to SFAI! To new students who are registered in Global Art History (HTCA-100-01):

Global Art History Reading Project

Due: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Please read E. H. Gombrich’s “On Art and Artists,” enclosed with the SFAI Roadmap. At its heart, and much like your Making Project, this essay asks you to look at art/the world around you, not just carefully, or in the terms of what you like or identify with—but curiously. It suggests that the study of art history and visual studies demands a fresh and “curious eye,” and not necessarily a “good eye” (to borrow a distinction developed by the art historian Irit Rogoff). A curious eye is eager to know, as much as it is perhaps “a bit odd” and willing to go to strange places, or to look at familiar places strangely.

On the first day of Global Art History, we will talk about how we might apply Gombrich’s suggestions. Bring questions you might have about the essay to class and we will work together to answer them.

If you have any questions, contact Nicole Archer at narcher@sfai.edu